By Adam Wesley Dean
Spanning the lengthy 19th century, Dean's examine analyzes the altering debate over land improvement because it transitioned from targeting the production of a virtuous and orderly citizenry to being obvious essentially as a "civilizing" venture. via exhibiting Republicans as women and men with backgrounds in small farming, Dean unveils new connections among doubtless separate historic occasions, linking this era's perspectives of typical and artifical environments with interpretations of slavery and land policy.
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